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The Best Snowshoeing Trails Near Denver

Showshoeing Trails Near Denver

Top 6 Snowshoeing Trails Close to Denver

Winter is a spectacular time to visit Colorado’s wilderness. With a little bit of preparation, many exciting activities await you. Be sure to layer up with insulating, waterproof clothing, wear sunglasses, use sunscreen, and carry plenty of water.  Make it your New Year’s resolution to snowshoe at least two or three of the best snowshoeing trails near Denver!

Lost Lake Trail
Lost Lake Trail

1. Lost Lake Trail

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 15 minutes
Nearest Town: Nederland, Colorado
Approximately 3 miles round trip.

We highly recommend checking out the Lost Lake Trail on the southern end of the Indian Peaks Wilderness. There are a couple old mines and cabins on the mountainside to the south of Lost Lake.  Additionally, this hike offers excellent views of the northwest side of Eldora.

You can find more Lost Lake snowshoeing information here on Nomad Colorado. Find additional info about snowshoeing to the Lost Lake Trail from the USFS.

Staunton State Park
Staunton State Park

2. Elk Creek Falls Trail, Staunton State Park

Distance from Denver: 45 minutes
Nearest Town: Bailey, Colorado
Approximately 11.2 miles round trip.

It takes a real good snow or two to warrant breaking out the snowshoes for this trek, but snowshoeing in Staunton State Park is unbeatable when conditions are right. From high grassy meadows at 8,100 feet to soaring granite cliffs over 10,000 feet, Staunton State Park’s varied geology, soils, water features, and climate support a rich diversity of wildlife and provide a myriad of outdoor recreation opportunities.

Find out more about snowshoeing and hiking in Staunton State Park by reading our full trail description or by visiting the official Colorado State Park website.

Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park

3. Bear Lake Trail

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 45 minutes
Nearest Town: Estes Park, Colorado
Approximately .6 miles round trip.

The loop trail around Bear Lake generally follows the shoreline and is one of the most popular trails in Rocky Mountain National Park. Even during winter it can get a little busy, but the trip is well-worth it.  Frequent benches and resting places are provided, with lots of opportunities for peak views.

Find out more about snowshoeing at the Bear Lake Trail from Nomad Colorado or from Rocky Mountain National Park.

Lake Isabelle, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area
Lake Isabelle, Indian Peaks Wilderness Area near Brainard Lake

4. Brainard Lake Trail

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 25 minutes
Nearest Town: Ward, Colorado
Approximately 5.3 miles round trip.

The Brainard Lake Rec Area is our favorite Colorado winter trail location near Boulder and Denver because it contains so many different snowshoeing loops.  If you enjoy a relatively rolling hiking experience, then you should definitely tackle the 5.3-mile loop that incorporates the Sourdough, South St. Vrain, and Waldrop Trails.

Find out more about snowshoeing at Brainard Lake (Additional Brainard Lake winter and summer trail info).
Extra Credit: Snowshoe to Lake Isabelle.

Burning Bear Trail
Burning Bear Trail

5. Burning Bear Trail

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 25 minutes
Nearest Town: Grant, Colorado
Approximately 5.6 miles round trip.

As close as this trail is to Denver, very few people utilize the Burning Bear route during the winter.  If you trek more than a mile or so into the woods, it is likely that you will not run into another person, and due to its proximity to the Mount Evans Wilderness Area, the trail offers a pristine backcountry experience.

Here’s a more detailed trail description for the  Burning Bear Trail from Nomad Colorado.  You can also find additional info here: Burning Bear Trail (this link will take you out of our site).

Deer Creek Trail
Deer Creek Trail

6. Deer Creek Trail

Distance from Denver: 1 hour 30 minutes
Nearest Town: Keystone, Colorado
Approximately 5.2 miles round trip.

Celebrate the end of this snowshoeing adventure by soaking in the amazing views of Radical Hill and Glacier Mountain. The picturesque cirque that contains these mountains is absolutely astounding. This is the perfect winter trail for a beginner snowshoer or cross-country skier.  The pitch is relatively gentle, there is very little avalanche danger (until you get above treeline), and there is a low probability of getting lost.

Find out more about snowshoeing the Deer Creek Trail.

More Colorado Snowshoeing Information

What are your favorite snowshoeing trails near Denver?  We encourage you to join the conversation below.  You can also check out our complete list of Colorado snowshoeing trails if you’re looking for more places to get out this winter!

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